Jay's Bio

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Jay Cunningham

owner/head coach

Jay Cunningham is the owner and head coach of Protective Shooting Concepts. Jay is a resident of Western Pennsylvania, and began serious firearms training in 2006.


As part of his own growth and development, he is actively coaching both novice and experienced shooters.


Jay has participated in over 1,000 hours of formal professional firearms training and is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor.


Jay was a Vickers Shooting Method Regional Endorsed Instructor and was Colt AR-15 Armorer Certified by Ken Elmore of Specialized Armament.


Jay is a founding and current Staff member of www.pistol-forum.com - for Teachers and Students of the Pistol.

Jay's Training history:


Tactical Shotgun Operator - August, 2016

Instructor: Rob Haught


NRC Force-on-Force Controller - February, 2016

Instructor: Don Grim


Rangemaster Tactical Conference - February, 2015


World Class Pistol Skills - July, 2014
Instructor: Robert Vogel


Defensive Handgun III - July, 2014
Instructor: Rob Tackett


Advanced Handgun - June, 2014
Instructors: Pat Goodale & Rob Tackett


Rangemaster Tactical Conference - March, 2013


NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home - February, 2012
Instructor: Gregory Kesden


Practical Carbine/Pistol - December, 2011
Instructor: Jack Leuba


Combatspeed Pistol - October, 2011
Instructor: Dave Harrington


Private FoF/Handgun CQB - July, 2011
Instructors: Pat Goodale & Rob Tackett


Level 1 Carbine - July, 2011
Instructor: Larry Vickers


Extreme Close Quarters Concepts - April/May, 2011
Instructor: Craig Douglas


Level 1 Handgun - November, 2010
Instructor: Larry Vickers


Advanced Handgun - September, 2010
Instructor: Ken Hackathorn


Handgun CQB - August, 2010
Instructor: Pat Goodale


NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor Certification - May, 2010
Instructor: Dave Gemperle


Control Under Simulated Stress - April, 2010
Instructors: Todd Louis Green & Jack Leuba


Advanced Pistol/Carbine (Private) - February, 2010

Instructors: Larry Vickers & Ken Hackathorn


NRA Pistol Instructor Certification - October, 2009
Instructors: Evelyn Gower & Dave Moreford


Tactical Shotgun Operator - September, 2009
Instructor: Rob Haught


NRA Range Safety Officer Certification - August, 2009
Instructors: Evelyn Gower & Dave Moreford


Advanced Pistol/Carbine (Private) - March, 2009
Instructor: Larry Vickers


M16/M4/AR-15 Armorer Course - January, 2009
Instructor: Ken Elmore


Low Light Level II - November, 2008
Instructors: Larry Vickers & Ken Hackathorn


Concealed and Off-Duty Pistol - October, 2008
Instructor: David Pennington


Aim Fast Hit Fast - August, 2008
Instructor: Todd Louis Green


AK Series Weapons - June, 2008
Instructor: Larry Vickers


Advanced Pistol/Carbine (Private) - March, 2008
Instructor: Larry Vickers


Low Light Level I - November, 2007
Instructors: Larry Vickers & Ken Hackathorn


Basic Tactical Carbine - June, 2007
Instructor: Peter Georgiades


Basic/Intermediate Defensive Handgun - May, 2007
Instructor: John Farnam


AK Series Weapons - March, 2007
Instructor: Larry Vickers


One Day Handgun Clinic - September, 2006
Instructor: Anthony Ferrazzoli


Basic Tactical Carbine - June, 2006
Instructor: Peter Georgiades